Those of you who were here on Sunday know that the service was crammed with activity! From a sermon from Luke, to a role-play of a gospel presentation using an E3 foldable, to a series of testimonies capped off with two baptisms, it was an exciting time. So in case it was a little more than you could remember, let me recap the message for you!
First, you might recall that Mike told an awful joke about slamming a cat in a door and then exacerbated the injury with a terrible pun (“catastrophic”). He got back on track when he reminded us of our MBC vision and goals for 2020. Then, he gave us seven principles for effective outreach based on Luke 10: 1-12. Those principles were:
- Participate! (Luke 10:1) Sharing the gospel is not just for pastors, missionaries and “Big Tent Revival”-style evangelists. As Pastor Matt often asks us, “Who are the ministers of the church?” Our response is supposed to be a resounding, “WE ARE!” We cannot have the mindset that we can leave sharing the gospel to others.
- Partner! (Luke 10:1) Almost everything from working out to studying for a test is better with someone else. That person can provide assistance when needed and accountability (aka a kick in the pants) when required. Sharing the gospel is no exception. I’ve already written about my dear mentor, Bess, who used to take me door-to-door to distribute Bibles and share the gospel. Find a partner and go together somewhere where you might get a chance to share your faith. Then go for a coffee or a round of skeet later.
- Plan for God to show up! (Luke 10:1 & 16) In the passage, we saw that Jesus sent out the 70 (or 72) to places He was about to go. God was getting ready to do something big in each of those places. Henry Blackaby says in his excellent book, Experiencing God, “Watch to see where God is working and join Him.” (John 5:17, 19-20) When you’re around people, listen closely for openings in the conversation that show the person might be searching. Have faith that God is working in their lives and you might be part of their next steps with Christ.
(Luke 10:2) To help you remember to pray, set your watch alarms to 1:11pm
daily! That will hopefully remind you to pray for:
- One person to share the gospel with in 2020
- One person you know or have met to come to faith in Christ in 2020
- One person to personally disciple in 2021
- Provision comes from the Lord. (Luke 10:4) We’ve given you the E3 foldable, but you really don’t need any special tricks or tools to share the gospel. God will give you the words and supplies you need. And if God is calling you to share the gospel in a BIG way like going on a mission trip, trust that He will supply what you need to go. That’s a promise straight out of Philippians 4:19.
- Prioritize those who are open to the gospel. (Luke 10:5-9) There are those who like to argue theology and the finer points of creationism with unbelievers. If you feel God calling you to that end, I don’t want to discourage you. But my experience is that those type of arguments are not usually fruitful. Yes, we need to be grounded in apologetics, but we also don’t need to be drawn into “myths and endless genealogies,” “controversial speculations”, and arguments (1 Tim 1:4). Pray that God helps you see who is really searching and who just wants to pick a fight with you.
- Perceive what’s at stake. (Luke 10:10-12) If we truly believe that there is one way to God and heaven, and that our time here on earth may come to an end at any instant, we need to have a sense of urgency about sharing our faith. During my sophomore and junior years of high school, I lived in England. Those of you who have been to England know that for all its beautiful churches and cathedrals, it is a spiritually dark place. While I lived there, I had a British neighbor, Claire, who was my age and with whom I hung out pretty regularly. However, I never had that conversation with her or any conversation about my faith. I remember thinking, “I don’t need to tell her I’m going to a Bible study tonight. I don’t want to bring up religion. That might make our friendship awkward. I’ll tell her about my faith some other time.” I told myself that for two years. Two years. I was too embarrassed. Too non-confrontational. Too cowardly to share my faith. I pray to this day that someone Claire comes into contact with will have the guts to share with her the most important news she’ll ever hear.
So take seriously your role as disciples of Christ and the Great Commission. As Geoff Moore sings in a song from his album Threads:
How can this be true? // What kind of place is this? // Where the guilty are Forgiven // Where the blind can see // And losers win // And slaves go free…
Hurry, Hurry! // Drop your stuff, grab your friends // Take everyone we can // Together, we’ll find mercy for all.
We’ll walk, we’ll run, we’ll crawl…
Save the Dates! (Click on highlighted name to request more information)
- TOMORROW (2/26) from 5:30-6:30pm!!! Family Meal “Soup Night”! Come beat back the cold wind with your choice of soup (chicken noodle, broccoli cheddar, or tomato), grilled cheese sandwiches or garlic knots, salad, pineapple upside-down cake, and a mystery flavor of Kim Lewis’ famous ice cream! $5 per person, $10 cap per family.
- March 5th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Midlothian Conference Center, BESTWA will have its annual fundraising banquet! Please join Andy Perkins along with other BESTWA team members to hear the amazing things God is doing in Liberia! From feeding children to distributing much needed medical equipment, BESTWA is truly “Building Liberia’s Future–One Child at A Time.” The dinner is free, but you must RSVP by clicking here. Come find out how you can partner with this well-deserving and Christ-centered organization.
- March 9-13th is Spring Break! No Wednesday night activities this week!
- March 13th and 14th—MBC Women’s Mini-Retreat at The Avenue Church in Waxahachie. We have a great group of about 50 women who have already purchased tickets. Click here to purchase yours!
- April 4th—Venus Prison Ministry Easter Celebration 1-4pm. Help us give the gospel message to offenders and their children in an “Afternoon With Dad” program at the Estes Correctional Facility. (Bill Curry)
- April 5th is Palm Sunday! We will be having a church-wide family picnic and egg hunt. (Lydia Weldy)
- June 6-13th– MBC and E3 Mission trip to Armenia, Colombia. (Jeff Thompson)
- June 15-19th—Concrete and Cranes Vacation Bible School from 9am-12pm for kids entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Sign you child up on our website and/or volunteer to help on our website and by clicking here.
- June 20-27th—Red River Valley Honors Youth Camp for rising 7th graders through graduating seniors. (Leah Austin)
- July 19-26—Possible MBC mission trip with Cru to Albania. (Mary Thomas)
- July 22-August 3/4—MBC mission trip to Peru (Jeremy Finnestad)
- MBC Women’s Fitness and Fellowship–Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9-10am. NOW PROVIDING CHILDCARE!!! $5 per child. (Heather Hogue)
- Revelation Family Bible Study–Sundays from 6-7:30pm. (Linda Hachat)
- YAMs (Young Adult Ministries) social and Bible study—Sundays from 6-9pm. (Corbin Wadkins)
- Women’s Bible Studies–Wednesdays from 9:30-11am (Do You Love Me? Peggy Arendsee) and 6:30-8pm (Finding God Faithful Lesa Antwine). Sunday mornings from 9-10am (Revelation Pam Curry)
- Men’s Bible Studies–Tuesday mornings at 6:30am (Keith Hearn) and Thursday mornings at 6am (Dan Baucum). Wednesday evening from 6:30-8pm (Brent Johnson).
- “Engaging Mind and Culture”–Wednesdays 6:30-8pm. Contact Doug Arendsee.
In service to Him and to you,